Gin is trendy! and with the explosion of micro distillers throughout the UK the choice and variety has never been so good. Here is our selection of Yorkshire Gins.
Gin is a flavoured spirit using a cocktail of botanicals and every Gin producer uses their own secret recipe of botanicals to infuse the spirit. The classic flavours usually include juniper, angelica root and coriander.
The 2 main methods of producing real gins are the classic London Dry Gin or the Distilled Gin process, if it is just GIN then it could just be a flavoured spirit….
Here is a selection of Yorkshire Gins as sold at The “Worlds leading retailer of Yorkshire Gin” Town End Farm Shop in Malhamdale, Yorkshire Dales.
The Yorkshire Gin List:-
- Masons Yorkshire Gin, a London Dry Gin from Bedale
- Masons Lavender Gin
- Masons Yorkshire Tea Gin
- Whittaker’s Gin, a London Dry Gin from Dacre Banks, Nidderdale
- Slingsby Yorkshire Gin, a London Dry Gin inspired by Harrogate
- Slingsby Yorkshire Rhubarb Gin, Harrogate
- Leeds Gin, Leeds
- Sir Robin of Locksley, Sheffield
- Sheep Eye, The Lickerish Tooth distillery, Skelton, North Yorkshire
- Ginger Ninja, The Lickerish Tooth distillery, Skelton, North Yorkshire
- The Little Red Berry, Yorkshire Fruit Gins
- SloeMotion, Sloe Gin,
- Addingham Sloe Gin, Addingham
- Raisthorpe Manor, flavoured Yorkshire Gins
- Teetotal G ‘n’ T, The Temperance Spirit Company, Skipton
Masons Yorkshire Gin, distilled using the traditional London Dry Gin method in an Alembic copper still called Steve! in Bedale, North Yorkshire. The founding fathers of the Yorkshire Gin revolution, Karl & Catherine Mason.
Tasting Notes: Savoury Citrus
Best served: over ice with a slice of lemon or try with orange peel.
W Slingsby of Harrogate is a London Dry Gin that uses 24 botanical flavours sourced from Yorkshire and across the globe, these include tea from Taylors of Harrogate & Herbs from the Rudding Park Estate. Some of these botanicals, green and jasmine tea, severn sea rosemary, silver posie thyme, citrus thyme, garden thyme, rhubarb, sage, lovage, chervil, nettle and sweet cicely, rose hip, angelica, cassia, orris roots, coriander, liquorice grapefruit and Madagascan juniper. Water from a Harrogate Aquifer.
Tasting Notes: fruity & savoury at the same time, great cocktail gin
Best served: with tonic & garnish with a pink grapefruit twist and blueberries.
Whittaker’s Yorkshire Gin, A small batch distilled London Dry Gin lovingly made in a Hill Billy Still called Jezebel near Dacre Banks, Nidderdale by Toby & Jane Whittaker. Botanicals include Thyme, Bog Myrtle, Juniper, Coriander, Bilberries, Angelica Root and Hawthorn.
Tasting Notes: full of bold botanicals and a fabulous nose
Best served: classic gin and tonic with ice and a slice and Fever Tree or Fentimans Tonic.
Ginger Ninja gingery gin, The Lickerish Tooth, Skelton, North Yorkshire. The Lickerish Tooth make curious concoctions including Yorkshire vodka & gin. At first taste the juniper/angelica and liquorice flavours will hit you, followed by some of the secret botanicals, and finally, the warming taste of the ginger, which gives it a long, warm finish.
Tasting Notes: warming taste of ginger
Best served: fever tree tonic or try with lemonade.
Sheeps Eye Gin, The Lickerish Tooth, Skelton, North Yorkshire. The Lickerish Tooth make curious concoctions including Yorkshire vodka & gin. Botanicals include Juniper, Coriander and Angelica, the ‘holy trinity’ of a gin, as the base, and they add 7 botanicals to complement and enhance the flavours. In among these is Liquorice root.
Tasting Notes: Liqourice & Juniper
Leeds Gin, made in the heart of the City in very small batches by Sara Birkinshaw. Botanicals include Yorkshire Forced Rhubarb.
Tasting Notes: Mixture of the classical dry, citrus, fresh finish alongside a lingering honeyed sweetness, bolstered by the addition of Yorkshire Forced Rhubarb.
Sir Robin of Locksley, A distilled artisan gin from the Locksley Distilling Co in Sheffield. Due to its slight sweetness a true sipping gin. Botanicals include pink grapefruit, dandelion & elderflower.
Tasting Notes: Sweet, Up-front juniper with more delicate aromas of elderflower bubbling through. Deliciously smooth and round on the palate – warm cassia notes soothed with dandelion. Pink grapefruit adds an underlying sweetness and lingering citrus finish. Balanced yet distinctively unique.
Best served: chilled on its own with pink grapefruit peel
If you know of any other Yorkshire Gins that we may have missed please let us know….
Town End Farm Shop & Tearoom, Airton, Malhamdale, Yorkshire Dales (Between Skipton and Malham) www.townendfarmshop.co.uk